Multnomah County Umbrellas
Officials and community-based organizations in Multnomah County know how to end the homelessness crisis in our region—what they lack is the public’s full embrace of the extensive measures it will take to make this happen. Additionally, the multi-pronged nature of homeless services can look to the average county resident as a disjointed response to the crisis. As such, governmental support for community-based alternative shelters should include a small investment of overall resources into building community support for alternative shelters—reinforcing that these spaces are a thoughtful, temporary solution enacted by a concerted group of expert advocates and officials. I proposed that the Joint Office of Homeless Services (JOHS) spend a small fraction of their budget on an over-arching public outreach campaign to run in tandem with all JOHS approved alternative shelter projects, to bolster community embrace of alternative shelters
and present a united public-facing coalition.